Scottish Tribunals Annual Report

The Lord President has published the President of Scottish Tribunals’ first Annual Report.


The report covers the period from 1 December 2016, when the first tribunal was transferred into the new structure established under the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014, to 31 March 2018.

It details the work undertaken within the new Scottish Tribunals structure.

The President of the Scottish Tribunals, Lady Smith, said: “My first Annual Report, which has today been published by the Lord President, provides an overview of the operation of Scottish Tribunals since it was first established in December 2016. 

 “Scottish tribunals have always been justifiably proud of being user focussed, informal, flexible and with straightforward procedures. Those themes have been continued within the tribunals that have transferred into the 2014 Act system. There is clear commitment to maintaining these themes by the tribunals’ judiciary, their members and by the tribunals’ administration.

 “I am extremely grateful to the Tribunal Presidents, those tribunal members who have collaborated with them to facilitate a smooth transition and those staff within the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service who have provided invaluable and dedicated support throughout.”

Notes to editors

The President of Scottish Tribunals Annual Report covers tribunals that comprise the unified structure created under the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014.

SCTS administers a two-tier tribunal system: a First-tier Tribunal and an Upper Tribunal. The First-tier tribunal is split into chambers.  The Upper Tribunal hears appeals from the First-tier.